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Result of the Saturday July 5th, 2008 W-League game between Toronto Lady Lynx and Rochester Rhinos played at Civic Stadium in Oshawa at 4:00pm.

18 min…Lady Lynx Stefania Morra GOAL…LL Brittany Bisnott runs on right and crosses into box from 20 yards and Morra chests ball from 5 yards that flying goalie Joy McKenzie blocks on right post. Morra than kicks rebound in from 6 yards over fallen goalie.

19 min…Lady Lynx Brittany Bisnott GOAL…LL Oni Bernard rolls pass in from right that Bisnott puts into net from 10 yards.

22 min…Lady Lynx Stefania Morra GOAL…LL Oni Bernard sends in low cross from 15 yards near right end line and has Morra get foot to and tip ball at 3 yards that rolls across box and over goal line. (The assist was given to Brittany Bisnott but me and ref assessor Gord Arrowsmith thought Oni Bernard got the assist)

39 min…Lady Lynx Brittany Bisnott GOAL…LL Kayla Afonso 50 yards on left passes forward to LL Alyssa Lagonia who runs along left sideline then cuts towards goal and crosses into box from 10 yards. Bisnott one-touches mid-air shot from 6 yards over flying goalie.

41 min…Lady Lynx Stefania Morra GOAL…LL Julia Bazi freekick from 40 yards has LL Morra flick-head ball from 6 yards over goalie and under bar.

65 min…Lady Lynx Brittany Bisnott GOAL…LL Brooke McCalla pushes ball from right to Bisnott up middle who holds off RR Emily Kelly and gets away 15 yard roller into right corner of net past diving goalie.

80 min…Lady Lynx Brooke McCalla GOAL…LL Kayla Afonso rolls cross from 25 yards from left and McCalla shoots low roller from 6 yards into right corner of net.

87 min…Lady Lynx Nicole Markowitz GOAL…LL Brooke McCalla rolls ball forward past defender and Markowitz rolls in 5 yarder to right side of net.

Final Score:…….Toronto Lady Lynx……..8………..Rochester Rhinos……..0………

Attendance was about 400 on today’s hot, sunny day with today’s theme “Celebrating Durham Women in Soccer Day”. Oshawa is a city about one hour’s drive to the East of downtown Toronto. I tested that out when after this game I drove to BMO Field to see Toronto FC vs. Pachuca (Mexico). The soccer fun-park props that they usually have outside BMO Field were absent as they had been brought to Oshawa for this event. I can certainly see the Lady Lynx turning this into an annual event.

Elise Kuhar-Pitters was in the net for the Lady Lynx having to make a few saves to preserve the shutout. Her biggest save was when Amanda Janosky gets a ball passed through the defenders on the right and she fired a 15 yarder that the diving goalie pushed wide left. A summation of the Rhinos day came when Gretchen Miller had a 35 yard freekick chance from the left with Rhinos players waiting on the right side of the box; her freekick hit LL Alyssa Lagonia forming a one person wall 10 yards from the freekick so the ball never even made the box.

Lady Lynx dominated the game from the opening whistle. It took awhile, but they opened up the Rhinos defense with the three goals within five minutes. Hat trick scorers Stefania Morra was subbed out at 59 minutes and Brittany Bisnott was subbed out right after her third goal at 65 minutes.

Although the Rhinos had three subs listed, there were no spare players on the bench. I don’t know why they’d throw away their season like that. The Rhinos were in 5th place in the division but with a respectable record of 4 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie with some games in hand on the division leaders. They were also one of the best defensive teams allowing only 11 goals up to today in 7 games and only 4 against in the 7-0 blowout against Ottawa Fury is not included. After today’s game with Toronto, Ottawa, and Laval only losing once, Rhinos look like they won’t make the playoffs.

Rhinos midfielder Natalie Martineau was one of the few bright spots on their team. She was the Lady Lynx MVP in the 2006 season. We saw Adrian Ruhe-Lischke the team MVP of 2007 playing for Ottawa Fury a few weeks ago. No word on who the MVP will be for 2008.

Next Lady Lynx game will be Wednesday at 11:00am at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke against Laval Comets and this will likely decide which of these two teams will make the playoffs.

Rocket Robin


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Pair of Hat Tricks Lead to Huge Victory on Celebrating Durham Women in Soccer Day

Thrash Rochester 8-0 at Oshawa Civic Stadium

Date: July 5, 2008

Venue: Oshawa Civic Stadium, Oshawa, ON

Kick Off Time: 4:00 PM EDT

Final Score: Toronto 8 (5) Rochester 0 (0)

Match Summary:

Five first half goals helped the Toronto Lady Lynx retake first place in the Northern Division this afternoon with a thorough domination of the Rochester Rhinos 8-0 at Oshawa Civic Stadium. Stefania Morra and Brittany Bisnott both recorded hat tricks in the game to pace the way for Toronto. The victory raises the Lady Lynx’ record to 8-1-1 (25 points), and vaults the team back past Ottawa to the top of the division. Rochester, who had only conceded 11 goals on the season coming into the match, falls to 4-3-1 (13 points) on the season, and remains mired in fifth place.

Toronto started quickly and controlled the match from the opening whistle in front of a boisterous crowd in Oshawa. Morra opened the scoring in the 17th minute with her fourth of the year, quickly followed one minute later by Bisnott with her fifth, and Toronto was off to the races with a 2-0 lead. Morra added goals in the 22nd and the 42nd minutes to earn her hat-trick while Bisnott tallied in 39th minute to give the Lady Lynx a stunning 5-0 lead at half-time.

After the break, Toronto remained in complete control of the match, and Rochester, with a short bench, was unable to muster much of an attack in the hot conditions. Bisnott completed her hat trick in the 66th minute on a Brooke McCalla feed, before McCalla herself recorded her first of the year in her season debut fourteen minutes later. Nicole Markowitz rounded out the scoring in the 87th minute when she slammed home her second goal of her rookie season, giving Toronto an 8-0 lead. McCalla recorded the assist on Markowitz’s goal, giving her four points on the afternoon. Elise Kuhar-Pitters recorded the clean sheet in goal for Toronto, her second of 2008.

The Lady Lynx victory capped off a busy Celebrating Durham Women in Soccer Day in Oshawa, which saw the Durham East and Durham West All-Stars battle to an entertaining two-all draw prior to the W-League match amongst other soccer activities. Proceeds from the annual event, which began last season in Pickering with an exhibition match between the Lady Lynx and the Pickering Soccer Club U21 Ladies, will go towards the YWCA Durham Women’s Centre.

Toronto returns to action on Wednesday afternoon, July 9, as they host the Laval Comets at Centennial Park Stadium at 11:00 AM for the team’s annual Summer Sizzler Youth Day. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Lynx ticket hotline at 416-251-4625 x 31, or at the stadium box office one hour prior to kick-off.

Final Score: Toronto 8 (5) Rochester 0 (0)


Toronto: Kuhar-Pitters, Beckles, Landry, Conley (Miliucci, 45), Bazi (McCalla, 60), Afonso, Lagonia, MacDonald (Markowitz, 71), Bernard (Donaldson, 45), Bisnott (Dimitrakopoulos, 66), Morra (Carreiro, 60)

Rochester: McKenzie, Miller, Henderson, O’Sullivan, Kelly, Martineau, Hercules, Bayor, Janosky, Kinmond, Flaherty


Referee: David Barrie

Referee’s Assistants: Ramee Arbaji, Brian Butler

4th Official: Sonya Bukovscak


Toronto: 0

Rochester: 1 (Miller, 41)


Toronto: 0

Rochester: 0

Shots: Toronto 20 Rochester 4

Saves: Toronto 3 Rochester 4

Fouls: Toronto 12 Rochester 6

Offsides: Toronto 5 Rochester 3

Corners: Toronto 4 Rochester 3



17’ Morra

18’ Bisnott (Bernard)

22’ Morra (Bisnott)

39’ Bisnott (Lagonia)

42’ Morra (Bazi)

66’ Bisnott (McCalla)

80’ McCalla (Afonso)

87’ Markowitz (McCalla)



The Lady Lynx’ next game is home to Laval on July 9 at 11:00 AM at Centennial Park Stadium



416-251-4625 ext. 23

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